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Letter from Lois - December 2016

A Special Winter Project

Let's Knit/Crochet to benefit folks in our Appalachian areas, in shelters housing abused women and children and anyone else we determine would benefit from our stitches!

From the Heart has been given a very large amount of beautiful, wonderful, exquisite, wool and wool blend yarn! Most is in matching sets of skeins in amounts of 1,600 to 1,800 or more yards per color! It is suited for stitching sweaters and vests for adults and children.

Our plan is that together we can crochet and knit items much nicer than quite a few recipients may have owned in the past. We'll attach fiber content and care information to each completed item.

We have a team working to locate patterns for stitchers who so far have only made scarves and blankets all the way to those who can whip out a garment with their eyes closed :)

We hope to have a selection of patterns paired with yarn (and hooks or needles if necessary) from which you may choose. We will have qualified helpers on hand at each of our Saturday meetings to assist if necessary. And, for those of you who have truly never made anything of this nature and may need additional assistance, no problem! We will have helpers at our Westbriar shop from 10 until 2 each Wednesday during the duration of this event.

At our first and second meetings you will pick your project and get started on the back of your item. (In some cases, you may be working on a one-piece garment, requiring a minimum of seaming for finishing). At our third meeting, we should be ready to start the front, at our fourth the sleeves and at our final get together working on stitching all the pieces together! (And maybe a little celebration?)

Not everyone is expected to adhere to that schedule. Some will speed through while others may have a more rigorous daily life and won't have as much time to devote to this.

Please keep in mind...THIS IS NOT A LEARN TO KNIT OR CROCHET EVENT! This is truly for those who are competent stitchers. Maybe you don't have any idea about pattern reading...this is your chance to put that fear behind you :)

This stitch-along will be held on Saturday afternoons for 5 weeks at our shop, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a start date of January 28, 2017.

This may be a little bit of a challenge but you will love it! Think of the confidence you will gain, enabling you to step out of your box, take on projects you may never have considered before! Or just maybe you might like to be one of our helpers...the more instructors we can line up the easier this may go.

If this is something that excites you, please let either Tricia (804-683-9015 / triciaennis2014@gmail.com) or Lois (804-305-4971 / loisfth@me.com) know you are interested so we can properly prepare the supplies.

Help us stitch a garment for someone in need...together we can do it!

See you very soon at the shop!

Lois


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